Please don't make it easy for burglars

Be aware: Merrylands Sergeant David Ford and Emma Gately. Picture: Natalie Roberts
Be aware: Merrylands Sergeant David Ford and Emma Gately. Picture: Natalie Roberts

You might want to brag about your tropical island retreat, but letting the world know you're on holiday isn't the smartest security move.

Newspapers collecting dust on your doorstep and mail overflowing from your letterbox are hints to thieves that you've packed your suitcase and checked-out of home.

Sergeant David Ford, the crime co-ordinator of Merrylands police, said simple measures can ensure you don't return from a dream holiday to a nightmare.

"Don't advertise the fact that you will be away. Don't leave notes out saying you're not there," Sergeant Ford said.

"Make sure your bins are put away and put out for you and obviously have someone collect your mail."

There were 155 break-ins at dwellings in the 2012-2013 summer months in the Holroyd local government area, data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows.

Over the same period there were 253 in the Parramatta local government area.

Although data doesn't reflect a substantial increase in burglaries during the silly season, Sergeant Ford said it was a good time to learn how to keep your home secure.

"It's a good idea to trim all the bushes from around the front of your property," he said.

"That way everyone can see inside the front of your house and if there is anyone who shouldn't be there there is no place to hide."

Door and window locks, security lighting and home alarm systems can help you protect your castle.

Stopping all deliveries you are expecting and making sure the lawn does not become overgrown is also recommended.

It's also best not to leave the empty box from the plasma television Santa gave you outside your home.

This story Please don't make it easy for burglars first appeared on Parramatta Sun.


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